Written by Gabriel Dillard
A couple of longtime Fresno construction companies have joined forces.
Lyles Mechanical Co., part of the Lyles Construction Group family of companies, has acquired the assets and facilities of New England Sheet Metal Works, Inc., one of the oldest metal fabrication and mechanical contracting companies in Central California, according to a news release.
The terms of the deal were not disclosed.
New England Sheet Metal Works will complete all of its current projects and provide maintenance and services for all customers through the remainder of the year, after which the newly named New England Sheet Metal and Mechanical Co. will carry on those services.
“At no time will there be any disruption to the service that clients are receiving,” said John Sloan, president and CEO of New England Sheet Metal and Mechanical Co.
The business will be located at New England Sheet Metal’s shop at 2731 S. Cherry Ave. in Fresno. The renamed and expanded company will provide planning, design and construction services, as well as service and maintenance for HVAC, sheet metal, plumbing, piping and industrial needs.
“As a full-service shop we are able to present comprehensive solutions to our clients by offering complete analysis that considers the entire life cycle cost of a facility or improvement,” Sloan said.
Both firms have deep roots in the community. Lyles Construction Group — which includes three other companies: W.M. Lyles Co., American Paving Co. and Lyles Services Co. — began operations in the oil fields of Avenal in 1945, and today is known as one of the largest environmental contractors in California. The firm, which was founded by Bill and Elizabeth Lyles, has performed more than 90 individual design-build projects in California totaling more than $1 billion.
Lyles Mechanical will remain part of the Lyles Construction Group, but is changing its name to honor the longtime family legacy of New England Sheet Metal Works. The business traces its roots to Arakel Yazijian, an Armenian immigrant who fled the persecution of his people in Turkey for Worcester, Massachusetts in 1911.
After working for one of New England’s most reputable millwork, heating and ventilation companies, Yazijian moved his family to Fresno in 1920 and established New England Sheet Metal Works, which would go on to become a fourth-generation family business and a finalist for the 2015 California Family Business Award.